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Red Spy Films. Chambers Farm Yields Top Secret Documents, 1948/12/06

Published 1948

"Washington: Evidence found on the Maryland farm of Whittaker Chambers, forging a new link in the chain of spy data, is examined by Congressman Nixon and Chief Investigator Stribling of the House Un-American Activities Caommittee. The film may answer a lot of questions the country is asking." - Nixon looks at microfilm, the so-called pumpkin papers, Chambers says "Hiss is lying", pictures of pumpkin patch (no sound) (partial newsreel).

Production Company Universal Studios
Audio/Visual sound, b&w


Reviewer: bccreations - - July 2, 2012
Subject: bogus
Clearly muted speaking, only select sections of speech are not censored out. This is not that old to have sound drop out and you can heard loud news narrative that they attempted to cover with deafening silence. It a bad hack job on historical news reel.
Reviewer: Natt - - March 27, 2006
Subject: The Great Pumpkin(s)
At a time when Nixon and his investigators were seriously beginning to doubt the truth of Whittaker Chambers said, and demanded something more concrete from him, he produced The Pumpkin Papers, and this is the news reel that accompanies it.

This marked a turning point in the Hiss case, not only did Nixon and Stripling finally have something from which to work, the tale of the pumpkin patch was bound to catch the public's imagination.

The only sound on the recording uis Chambers saying "Mr Hiss is lying" at the HUAC hearings.

This is a seminal piece of history, which you can watch again and again...